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Vermont Maple Syrup Frosting: The Clementine Paddleford Project

By now, this year’s batch of maple syrup has arrived at the farmers markets. Fresh, new and with the same questions of vintage and terroir that accompany the arrival of any wine. What hath a warm winter wrought? And what to do with that syrup? A frosting, of course. Here is one from a woman…

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Mexican Chocolate Fudge Pecan Cake

“What do you think?” I asked Suzen proudly. I hadn’t seen a look like this on her face in over twenty years. “No,” she said quietly. “But,” I began, astounded. “I mean no,” her voice was forceful. “No one has ever written a cookbook like this,” I emphasized. She paused. “No, no one has. For…

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Sour Cream Icing [but it’s still chocolate!]

  Sour cream. It has many uses: dips, baked potatoes, dips, chili topping, dips, … It’s wrong, I know, but the flavor image that pops into my head is Lipton Onion Soup mix and sour cream. And, of course, I always double the amount of soup mix so that the dip literally burns your tongue.…

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Mocha Cream Frosting

I know whipped cream is not a separate food group, but it could be. Even the lactose intolerant can rarely deny themselves the pleasure of a taste. While marshmallows do gracefully adorn a cup of hot chocolate, nothing can match whipped cream laced with sugar and vanilla. At the other extreme, a cool whipped cream…

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